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1962 Toshiba 6P-15

Shirt pocket radio, thermoplastic cabinet
4 9/16 x 2 11/16 x 1 1/8 inches / 116 x 68 x 29 mm
Six transistors (Toshiba), superheterodyne circuit
One standard 9-volt battery
Manufactured by Tokyo Shibaura Electric Co. Ltd. (Toshiba), Kawasaki, Japan

While many collectors love Toshiba's outrageous cabinet designs, others deride them as being more about styling than design. I live in both camps: yes, the styling on many Toshibas is worthy of Harley Earl at times — and I love them for that! This 6P-15 is unusually "unstylized" and much more in the design category, very conservative for Toshiba, a beautifully simple radio not just for its face but also for its comfortable ergonomic proportions as held in one's hand.


Toshiba 6P-15


Toshiba 6P-15


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